Reviews 2019-11

forest field - seasonsbattersea - arguments & sentimentsThe Essential Claudio DelgiftCranston IIPhil Vincent - Hypocritelegion - rising

Time to show you another batch of reviews we are very happy to share!

  • first is Dutch site Rockportaal. Writer Hans says “with this fifth Forest Field album, Peter Cox proves our country has a lot to offer musically. This album surprised me in a positive way”
  • Next the feature of Battersea on Your Music Blog: “This is high calibre melodic power pop / pop rock with a slight alternative touch and catchy as the flu in kindergarten”
  • another Dutch one for Forest Field; White Room Reviews writer Ralf says: “The beauty of quality studio work is that one never hears only a few people were involved. Because Peter Cox has everything well organised, Seasons sounds as the result of a well rehearsed progressive rock band”
  • next are a couple from Rock Hard Slovakia. First one concerns Claudio Delgift and his the Essential release: 4/5 stars from Erik who says “”The Essential” is a quality album, where fans of not only progressive and instrumental rock come to their taste and at the same time taste the fruits of the remote fireland of Argentina”
  • Second one is for the second Cranston album who also gets a 4/5 star rating: “The second album is simply labelled with sequential number II and features eleven fresh, crunchy and striking songs”
  • last one from them is from writer Eduard and for Seasons from Forest Field. Another 4/5 stars “If you have met this project in the past and you liked their previous material, you will also like this one. “Seasons” is an aesthetically pleasing piece of music that positively surprised”
  • Also about Forest Field is Jason Ritchie and Get Ready To Rock (UK). 3 1/2 / 5 stars “Forest Field are progressing nicely with their own brand of melodic prog rock. The most rounded and enjoyable to date by them”.  The page also features an interview with Phil Vincent.
  • On the Mayfair Mall homepage you can find links to reviews for Legion, Cranston and Phil Vincent as well as reviews for distribution titles D’Ercole and Tragik. Let’s just say they love them 🙂
  • and the last ones are from The Rocker (UK) and Powerplay Magazine (UK) (wait, 4 instrumentals??) and are also for Forest Field:

the rocker - forest fieldpowerplay - forest field

 

Reviews 2019-10

souls of deaf - fortune favors the boldstamina live forest field - seasons battersea - arguments & sentimentslegion - rising

Time to give you another overview of the great reviews our releases are getting around the globe.

  • let’s start with Erik from Rock Hard SK, who gives the Souls Of Deaf debut 3.9 / 5 “strong hard rock that occasionally, but thoughtfully and enthusiastically bursts like rice pudding into the punk rock air”
  • next a very enthusiast review of Stamina‘s live album from Progressivamenteblog “a live album that can be a good calling card to start appreciating this worthy band”
  • the first review for Forest Field‘s latest opus Seasons came from DMME, a 4/5! and “this is the very nature of change, to let things run organically; this is what fuels “Seasons” and warrants its repeated spins”
  • more compliments for Stamina coming from DPRP: “a great collection of melodic prog-power metal, that will entertain existing fans and should tempt any newcomers to dig into the Stamina back catalogue”
  • Italian metallers metal.it were quite happy to explore the Battersea album “an enjoyable disk capable of citing with a certain dexterity and good taste “
  • even more positives for Battersea come from Erik at Rock Hard Sk with 4/5 stars and “The album is well recorded, it contains strong moments, it sounds good and it is very pleasant to listen to”
  • Erik also writes about Legion – Rising (3.7/5) “the album is really good, it has different moods, it has a more massive sound, louder and thick sounding guitars and fans of classical, hard metal cut American metal will surely come into its own after its first playback”
  • Dangerdog writer Craig gives Forest Field a 3.5/5 stars saying “with Forest Field’s Seasons, Peter Cox continues his consistent production of synth and guitar heavy melodic progressive rock. If you liked his previous material, you enjoy this one as well”
  • from ProgCritique Forest Field receive 4/5 stars “On the whole ” Seasons ” always presents the concern to do well and each title offers a well structured music, with sufficient developments to mobilize the attention of the listener!
  • and the last one for today also concerns Forest Field. ViriAor hands it a whopping 5/5! “Seasons repeats the band’s musical formula, although it includes heavy doses of metal, which makes it a more dynamic and appealing album. If you like records that make you leave your comfort zone as a listener, Seasons is for you. Recommended”

Thanks to all the writers!

Forest Field want to Change The World…

*** Breaking News ***
Finally a new Forest Field track! From the coming album Seasons comes the single edit for the track Change The World. And since it is a song with a message of hope, a lyric video seemed the way to go. All vocals by Phil Vincent, all instruments by Peter Cox, who also wrote it and mixed and mastered as well. Enjoy and if you like it, please show your support by liking, sharing, commenting, etc. Thank you!

FREE download:

Another Fan Review

fred mika and forest field fan review

it is of course always nice to get a good review from various sites and magazines. But hearing back from a fan who actually buys the albums is frickin’ awesome! So thank you Jorge Luiz Rodrigues for support and the time to write this (translated via Google, original post is in Portuguese):
Track of the week
Hello friends! Good night and a great week.
“Simplicity is the ultimate achievement. After having touched a number of notes and notes, it is the simplicity that emerges as the crowned reward of art.” Fréderic Chopin
 
Fred Mika – Withdrawal Symptoms – For almost three months I’ve been with this album and I can not hear it, and I have not found words to describe the emotion that each one of their songs conveys. Being the first solo work of the Goian drummer Fred Mika (Sunroad), his professionalism is remarkable here, as well as his commitment to present a polished and captivating work where classic hard rock, sometimes with a few AORs as in Wired In (remembers a lot the softest phase of Whitesnake), here with the vocals in charge of Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch, April Wine, Guess Who). Just for this beginning I already feel that my hard earned dollars were not spent in vain. Then we see a range of guest vocalists from the most diverse countries, including Brazilians Rod Marenna, Daniel Vargas, Tito Falashi, Mario Pastore and André Adonis. Describing each song becomes unnecessary, since the 10 songs (taking the short introduction) bring all that eighties feeling, that is, songs that convey emotion, euphoria and even that pleasant nostalgic feeling. Each song is unique, engaging and striking showing a solid work of seductive sound beauty to those who enjoy good music. He could not close with Miss Misery (Nazareth) with the vocals of bandmate André Adonis.
 
Forest Field – Angels – Peter Cox’s request not to take this album too seriously, should be regarded as a moment of good humor, as well as the cover of the album. The opening track, Broken Wings, totally instrumental, even with a modern footprint reminds us of good progressive rock. Angels, the second track, is that infectious hard rock with AOR pitches, great guitar solos, accurate drumming, which takes us to the good times of Journey, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Asia, Europe and other sacred 80s monsters. Left At Cloud Nine is yet another beautiful short instrumental that will take us to It Looks Like Rain, a softer song with a captivating keyboard in the background, and again the well-placed and seductive guitars become an invitation to an ecstatic journey. Needless to describe each song here, since all 11 songs are fascinating charm, showing that Peter was in ambitious moments of inspiration. An infectious album from beginning to end indicated not only those who like a softer rock, but to all who seek good music. It is important to emphasize the love of Peter for the style, since besides musician, he owns the record company Rock Company, that even comes launching some Brazilian bands in Europe, like Fred Mika, Still Living and Marenna. Thank you for the good songs and for the support of the Brazilian musicians, Peter.

Rock Top 30 chart June

2017 06 Top 30 Rock Chart Seems our artists still fare well in the One World Music Radio Rock Top30!

  • Cranston with Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu refuse to give in and even rise 2 places and now finds itself at #19,
  • Age Of Aquarius landed on #14,
  • Forest Field rises back into the top 10 and holds the #7 position and last but not least,
  • Sunrise Auranaut rise an astonishing 16 positions and find themselves at number 3!

Now who said that rock and prog are dead?
Thanks to all the listeners and presenters!
Of course you can find all these releases at our website www.rockcompany.nl and also online or at your favourite shop!

New Rock Company podcast

As you may have noticed, here at Rock Company we like to keep busy. So slowly but surely the number of titles available from us is rising! All independent artists, who need your support. Hugs and kudos for everyone who buys an album (often limited editions) or download! But if you are wondering what the label is about, here a sure fire way to introduce a lot of recent releases to you, this podcast. Have fun and never mind the ramblings of Dr. Schultz 🙂

Track Of The Year Awards

2017 rock track awardThe wonderful people of One World Music Radio have added another category to their 2016 Awards and it is Track Of The Year. And we are very excited and proud to find several of our artist receiving a nomination in the Rock category:

  • Cranston – Queen Of The Pain
  • Forest Field – Valley Of Pain
  • Sixtynine – Good Trade.

And also our distribution artist Holly Montgomery is nominated with the title track of her album Leaving Eden.

If you want to vote, please go to this page to learn how. We wish all the nominees succes!

April Rock Chart success

2017 04 Top 30 Rock Chart.It has happened. It was bound to. Yes, believe it or not, but after 5 amazing months on top of the list, Forest Field had to give up on the #1 spot and landed on position 4. Congratulations to the excellent The Soul Exchange and their great album Bloodbound for taking over!
And for the third month in a row, we find the Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius album from Age Of Aquarius on #3! That in a way is rather unique too.

Another surprise is Cranston finding their way UP again, #14 this month. And nice to see another project from singer Phil Vincent, D’Ercole, land the #18 spot.

Last but not least for us are Sixtynine taking the number 24 with their rocking You Are Me album.

Congrats to the artists and thank you to the presenters and listeners of One World Music Radio!

Another great Forest Field review

let it rock

Dmitry from Let It Rock on DMME has written another great review for our latest album! You can find it on their website or read it below. Thank you Dmitry!

FOREST FIELD – Lonely Desert

Rock Company 2016

FOREST FIELD - Lonely Desert

FOREST FIELD –
Lonely Desert

Spicy, if not spaced out, interpretation of the Muad’Dib story. Epic choruses abound.

Over the years, there’s been a few attempts to harness the essence of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but only Klaus Schulze had taken it to an LP scale while eschewing songs’ format, an approach which multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox turned around for his fourth album loosely based on the classic book. With former LEGION singer Phil Vincent giving voice to most of the pieces here and clinging to Arrakis’ literary surface in “Fear” to create a triumphant finale, “Lonely Desert” is a many-layered work which reveals previously unnoticed textures with every new spin without losing its infectiousness.

One doesn’t need to be familiar with the context, though, to feel its melodic grip once “Valley Of Pain” has set things in motion with a heavy guitar hook, before vocals bring airiness into the arid riff-and-strum whose AOR magnetism is inescapable. There also sublime harmonies to make the refrains of “Into The Light” and “Asleep” as memorable as possible, yet dry production and deliberate toning down of the performances add to the thematic and cinematic dramatism that’s dictated by the original sci-fi saga.

Whereas voiceless vignettes such as “To Bits” introduce folk sensibility to the narrative, they also provide atmospheric contrast to the tension oozing out from the organ-bolstered “Alienation” to let this cosmos breathe. It may be lonely out there, but there’s music for a company.

***4/5

More Rock Chart success!

2017 03 rock chartFor an incredible fifth month in a row, Forest Field’s Lonely Desert album is topping the One World Music Rock Chart top 30. Rumour has it that is a record. But truth or not, it is an amazing achievement. And besides that, Age Of Aquarius secured position 3 for the second time in a row after entering there the previous month. Sixtynine and Cranston are also still in the list, at 7 and 25 respectively.

So it is safe to say that it has been another successful month of airplay at the station. Thanks to all involved!

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